Beauden Barrett

by andrew on September 17, 2018

Birth Name: Beauden John Barrett

Place of Birth: New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 27 May, 1991

Ethnicity: English, Irish, more distant Cornish

Beauden Barrett is a New Zealand rugby union player. In 2016 and 2017, he won the World Rugby Player of the Year award.

Beauden is the son of Robyn (Sinclair) and Kevin “Smiley” Barrett, a farmer and rugby player. He has seven siblings, including current All Blacks rugby players Jordie Barrett and Scott Barrett, and retired rugby player Kane Barrett.

Several of Beauden’s distant maternal ancestors were convicts, sent from the British Isles to Norfork Island in the Pacific Ocean. His fifth great-grandmother’s brother was John Pascoe Fawkner, an early pioneer, businessperson, and politician, who is considered a founder of Melbourne, Australia. John’s mother was of Cornish descent.

Beauden’s paternal grandparents are Ted Barrett and Mary. Beauden’s father has stated that his father’s grandparents were Irish.

Beauden’s maternal grandfather is named Bob Sinclair.

Beauden’s maternal grandmother was Barbara Joyce Redin (the daughter of Reginald Balfour Redin and Evelyn Mary Richardson). Reginald was the son of Thomas Redin and Bertha Louisa Ginn, who was born in Tasmania, Australia, in a family of former convicts. Evelyn was the daughter of Frederick Richardson and Isabella Emma Lethbridge, whose own mother was English, from Berkshire.

Sources: Genealogy of Beauden Barrett (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Beauden’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Bertha Louisa Ginn (through Bertha’s brother, Andrew Arthur Ginn) –

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Kieran Read

by andrew on September 14, 2018

Birth Name: Kieran James Read

Place of Birth: Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 26 October, 1985

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/8th Danish

Kieran Read is a New Zealand rugby union player. He is the All Blacks captain.

Kieran’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Lionel Read (the son of Henry George Read and Maud Gertrude Christiansen). Henry was the son of Robert Read, who was English, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, and of Emily/Emma Summerfield. Maud was the daughter of Danish parents, Christian Heinrick Christiansen, who was from Rrup, Vejle, and Martha Catherine Nielsen, born in Stege, Storstrom.

Kieran paternal grandmother was the daughter of William Henry Ashley, who was English, from Birmingham, West Midlands, and of Winifred Ada Maule. William was the son of William Ashley and Faith Hogg. Winifred was the daugher of a man surnamed Newland, and of Minnie Eva Selina Higgins, who had English ancestry.

Kieran’s maternal grandfather’s surname is Harper.

Sources: Genealogy of Kieran Read (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Emma’s paternal grandfather, Arthur Lionel Read –


James O’Connor

by andrew on September 10, 2018

Place of Birth: Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Date of Birth: 5 July, 1990

Ethnicity: Irish, other

James O’Connor is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He made his international debut for Australia in 2008 at the age of eighteen. James has been labelled as “the Justin Bieber of Australian rugby.”

James is the son of parents from New Zealand. His maternal grandparents are from South Africa. This, along with his Australian birth, meant he was eligible for all three major Southern Emisphere rugby nations.

James’ paternal grandparents were Maurice Edward Odlin “Lofty” O’Connor (the son of Alice Kathleen) and Elaine. Maurice was a WWII Veteran from Wellington, New Zealand.


Information about James’ paternal grandfather, Maurice Edward Odlin “Lofty” O’Connor –

Obituary of James’ paternal grandfather, Maurice Edward Odlin “Lofty” O’Connor –

Photo by Michelle Cop/


John Eales

by andrew on September 9, 2018

Birth name: John Anthony Eales

Place of Birth: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Date of Birth: 27 June, 1970

*English, possibly other (father)
*Italian (mother)

John Eales is an Australian rugby union player. He is the most successful captain in the history of Australian rugby, and has given his name to the John Eales Medal, annually awarded to the best Australian rugby union player.

John is the son of Rose (Garrone) and John “Jack” Eales. His middle name is after Saint Anthony of Padua. He stands at 200 cm (6 ft 7 in).

John’s maternal grandparents were Ernesto Garrone and Carolina Marcellina Imarisio. They were from Piedmont, in North-West Italy.

Sources: Information about John’s Italian ancestry –

Memorial of John’s maternal grandparents, Ernesto Garrone and Carolina Marcellina Imarisio –


James Haskell

by andrew on July 27, 2018

James Haskell – 2014 Nordoff Robbins Six Nations Rugby Dinner – Arrivals – Grosvenor House Hotel – London, UK –  Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: James Andrew Welbon Haskell

Place of Birth: Windsor & Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 2 April, 1985

Ethnicity: English, likely some Irish and Welsh

James Haskell is an English rugby union player. He plays for Northampton Saints and England national team.

James is the son of Susan T.M. “Susie” (Carron/McCarron) and Jonathan M. W. Haskell, a businessperson.

James’ paternal grandparents’ surnames were Haskell and Jackson.

James’ maternal grandparents’ surnames were Carron (or Mccarron) and Evans, which are Irish and Welsh, respectively.

Sources: Birth record of James Haskell –

Birth record of James’ father –

Birth record of James’ mother –

Marriage record of James’ parents –